Giving back to those who sacrificed their lives

Published: Nov. 11, 2016 at 7:35 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2016 at 11:21 AM EST
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - They served our country selflessly and now one group is giving back to them.

Volunteers are working together to repair the homes of three veterans in the area who are living on fixed incomes as part of Veteran Days for Hope.

Friday, volunteers tackled the home of Navy veteran John James, also known as "Mr. Bobby." James has been battling his own mission lately -- Stage 4 throat Cancer.

Diagnosed in April, he had surgery and has been undergoing chemotherapy ever since.

His nephew, Julius James, a veteran himself, also helped with the repairs Friday which included a remodeled bathroom, new crown molding, and a brand new wheel chair ramp.

"He was raised in this home, so now to have come back to this, is important to him, me and the rest of our family that we make it the best for him," Julius James said.

Many volunteers that worked on James' home Friday were veterans themselves or active duty.

Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry is also working on two other homes in Wilmington for veterans and continued their work on Saturday.

John James walked out his side door with a big smile on his face Saturday afternoon. A new wheelchair ramp was built in less than two days, he can now get out of his house with less difficulty.

"I'm just happy, I'm just in awe just to see that people are taking their time out and volunteering and doing this for others," said family member Eugenia James. "It's just a blessing and it's just an honor."

WARM will make several return trips to the house to finish up more repairs. In the meantime, "Mr. Bobby" will enjoy his new ramp, one of many things he's thankful for.

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